Our First Amendment rights are the most important Rights in the United States, but what exactly are they? Let me tell you all 5 rights we get, and what they mean in today’s world
The first right given to us is the Freedom of Religion, which means that we are allowed to practice Religion without fear of getting prosecuted religiously for believing in something else.
As a reporter, this means that we must respect any religious ceremony going on while we are getting shots for a story, giving a news story on it, or wanting to interview a religious official.
If the people are praying, wait patiently for them to be done and for a chance to interview, and if you are going to take a picture, make sure it isn’t distracting.
The second right, Freedom of Speech, is one of the most important rights in today’s world, as a citizen.
Citizens have the right to say whatever they want without a risk of getting shot or sent to jail. We as reporters are allowed to say things to an extent.
If they are independent, they can say whatever they want. If they want to be professional, they won’t be cursing every word.
Freedom of the Press is the most important for reporters. You are allowed to record a police officer. just don’t have the camera in their face, or hinder their investigation in any way.
For reporters, press means that reporters are allowed to give their opinions without getting censored by the government. In today’s world under Trump, it is important to keep fighting his attempts to censor news he doesn’t agree with, and to fight his lies with the truth.
Freedom of Assembly is more for the people and students, especially with the massive amounts of protests going on to prevent our rights from being taken from us.
One such example is the Women’s March that began on January 21st, a day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.The first March was at Washington D.C to show the new administration that women’s rights are human rights, and that they were not going to sit still and let them get their rights taken away.
The last right is the Right to Petition is the last right, and just as important for reporters. We as reporters have a louder voice than the common man, so if they know about any corrupt political figures, they will be able to report about it and their findings, and hopefully help the public get a better political figure in office.
These 5 freedoms we have as our First Amendment has been invaluable ever since the Constitution has been conceived, and in our time where our administration is attempting to strip our rights away, we must continue to stay vigilant, and fight the fake with the truth.
1st Amendment Rights: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Constitution of United States of America, 1789